Paul Wharton wears many hats without ever ruining his signature mane of gorgeous hair. With his characteristic mix of drive, talent, and verve Wharton uses his expertise as a beauty and lifestyle expert to help everyone, from aspiring models to DC families in need. “You never know which of your projects is going to take off and you always have to be thinking about what’s next … because in my business, you have to be willing to hear nine no’s to get to one yes,” Wharton said.
This MVT resident grew up in metro DC, and his parents, his sister, and his nieces still reside in the area. Although he lived in New York for a number of years and started his career there, he keeps coming back to DC. “I knew that DC made me happier, and I wanted to feel that sense of consistency and home,” Wharton said. “I love my neighborhood.”
The ever-stylish Wharton has had an impressive career as a fashion and beauty guru. He started as a model for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, then became a model coach on shows such as “MADE,” “The Agency,” and “She’s Got the Look” and did makeovers on “The Ricki Lake Show.” He was a supporting cast member on “Real Housewives of DC” and he now hosts “The Paul Wharton Style Show” on the CW Television Network, in addition to being the go-to fashion expert on Fox 5. His latest project is a line of skin-care products, called Conquer Beauty, developed with Dr. Paul Ruff.
Despite his packed schedule Wharton manages to be involved with local charities and events, including the Capital Area Food Bank and the Foster Youth Fashion for DC Child and Family Services Agency at Arena Stage. “I love working with the kids and making people smile,” Wharton said. “When they come off that runway beaming with joy, jumping up and down screaming, I know that’s where I need to be and my participation mattered to them.” “I’m an ideas person,” he explained, “that’s what drives me,” adding that he’d like to do more behind-the-scenes work in the future.
Contact Paul Wharton via his website: www.paulwhartonproductions.com. Or look for him and his dog, Oscar, around the neighborhood.
Farmer’s Stand Returns to MVT
The FRESHFARM farm stand opens on May 16 and welcomes back grower Jarrah Cernas of Chicano Sol farm. Every Saturday through the end of October, MVT residents can head to the 5th and K Street plaza for high-quality products, cooking demonstrations, recipes, and even free samples of fresh produce. “The best thing about our markets is that you can talk to the person who grew [the food],” said Nikki Warner, FRESHFARM’s market and communication manager. “It’s a great way for people in the neighborhood to support local sustainable agriculture.”
Started in 1997 and now DC’s largest network of producer-only farmers’ markets, FRESHFARM has 11 markets and two farm stands, one at MVT and the other at Union Market. Its mission is to offer producer-only products and to make fresh produce accessible to everyone in the community.
“Our goal from the beginning was to do as much direct to the consumer,” said Cernas. In addition to produce, including her flavorful tomatoes and her delicious, nutrient-dense micro greens, she’ll have products from other FRESHFARM vendors such as breads and pastries, cheeses, homemade pesto, eggs, juices, and sauces. “Jarrah’s products are such high quality that people keep coming back,” Warner said. “She grows for flavor. I think that’s a huge thing that’s missing in industrial agriculture.”
FRESHFARM has several programs that make fresh produce accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their income. An organization called We Are Family is FRESHFARM’s gleaning partner. They pick up excess food Cernas doesn’t sell to make meals or to give as groceries to people in need. “Reducing food waste is a huge issue these days,” Warner said. “The less that can end up in a compost pile and more on someone’s plate, the better.”
Warner noted that “the DC government will also be doing a Produce Plus program starting in June. Anyone on supplemental nutrition assistance programs could get $10 in checks to spend with any participating DC farmers’ market vendors.”
This summer the farm stand, which is open rain or shine, will be stocked with lots of free recipes to help you cook your fresh and in-season produce. Check the FRESHFARM website for a full listing of the chef demonstrations, music, and events scheduled in the weeks ahead.
Contact FRESHFARM Markets (www.freshfarmmarkets.org) by emailing email@example.com or by calling 202-664-0352. Contact Chicano Sol (www.chicanosol.com) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 717-536-9937.
New York Avenue’s New Addition
When 460NYA opens it will become Mount Vernon Triangle’s sixth condominium building. In a neighborhood dominated by rental apartments the addition of 460NYA will give residents an opportunity to invest in MVT and set down permanent roots.
Developed by Bozzuto Homes, 460NYA is an 11-story building with 63 units, which range from 474 to 1,071 square feet. While the two-bedroom apartments are already sold, there are still 10 one-bedroom apartments available, some of which include a den. “We saw that there was a demand for condos with [current] lower interest rates and a condo shortage in DC,” remarked Nihar Shah, development associate for Bozzuto Homes. “Residents can invest in the neighborhood and its vibrant community.”
Like many buildings in the neighborhood 460NYA has a rooftop lounge, a deck area with grills, a game room, a billiards and cards room, and a community kitchen. The building also welcomes residents’ dogs and cats. “The building amenities will provide an opportunity to foster a tight-knit community, similar to what MVT offers,” Shah said. “The smaller, more boutique building will allow a closer bond between the residents, which will expand to the neighborhood.”
While each unit comes with storage space, residents must pay for parking. The building has DC’s only two-story elevated lift parking.
“We chose MVT specifically because of what the neighborhood stands for now. It’s an underutilized location, and adding a cool, architecturally forward building will bring in newer residents to the community,” Shah said and mentioned that 460NYA will be reaching out to neighborhood restaurants for community events. 460NYA will be ready for residents and their four-legged friends later this spring.
Contact 460NYA (www.460nya.com) at 460 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, or by calling 202-350-2808.